After a beauty is mangled in a car accident, a researcher uses a treatment he has created to restore her to her former self. However, the treatment comes with a high price....
This was originialy an Italian film titled "Seddok, l'erede di Satana" which was later dubbed into English and retitled "Atomic Age Vampire".
You can find more information regarding this film on its IMDb page.
A Lion's Films production
Produced by Mario Fava
With Alberto Lupo,
Andrea Scotti A.S.C,
Roberto Bertea in the role of Sacha,
and with Ivg Garrani
Director of English language version: Richard McNamara
English dialog by John Hart
Director of Photography: Aldo Giordani A.I.C.
Editor: Gabriele Varriale
Production Manager: Elio Ippolito Mellino
Directed by Anton Giuluo Majano
June 5, 2016 Subject:
slightly laughable, but probably never meant to be good
The victim of a car-crash is badly scarred on the left side of her face. A new form of therapy is offered to her by some bio-technologists, who have the means to remove the scar-tissue. She has some severe internal conflict over being the first test-person evoer for the new treatment, but they do it anyway.
At first it doesn't seem to work, but when the scars vanish, she even looks better than before. The doctor, just wants to fall in love with her, when her problems return, probably because of too much alcohol. The Doctor's relationship with his assistant also seems to be intimate. Police how up at the place, when thing start getting more boring than strange and creepy, the Doctor makes a self-experiment, that's not saving the show either.
Atom-age is also the age of bio-technology, but did he actually transplant his assistant's mind into the blond woman's head, no idea?
More self-experimentation turns him into a monstrous killer. The police cannot make any sense out of the story either, they ask the scientist, whether miraculous recovery from bad injuries is possible, which he denies. Upon their leave it shows, he kept Janette, the blond woman, concealed in his hot-house. There is more bad drama and a visit to the cinema, there is some fuss, when he attacks another woman in her bedroom, they start hunting him down, police inspect the empty film-theartre and find some traces there.
Somebody comes to save Janette from the monstrous Doctor, but the police finally take her out of the place, the Doctor even gets his human appearance back in the end.
Overall it's a totally terrible, even unbelievably bad movie. In my opinion it's completely impossible to like that trash, although it may be worth a laugh occasionally.
November 2, 2009 Subject:
Here he's called "Fava." In "The Day The Sky Exploded," he's listed as Mario Baja! Guess the English translators didn't listen too well. They certainly mangle the science of every Americanized film I've seen.
July 25, 2007 Subject:
Vanity & The Vampire
After an argument with her boyfriend Pierre, Jeanette—a distraught stripper—wrecks her car, destroying her once-natural beauty. Feeling sorry for herself and on the verge of suicide, she accepts the offer of a shadowy doctor to undergo some radical secret surgery to restore her face. The secret? “Spontaneous reproduction of living cells—the secret of life itself!” (insert maniacal laugh here.)
The procedure is a smashing success—momentarily, at least.
But when a few mysterious deaths occur around the facility, suspicions are stirred, compounded by Pierre’s investigation into Jeannette’s whereabouts. Perhaps the good doctor isn’t nearly as good as he seems, and perhaps Jeannette is more of a prisoner than a patient. And perhaps—just perhaps—it’s only a mediocre horror flick.
Deep down, it’s a combination story of obsession, cautionary tale of science, and an anti-smoking morality play. If you really want to peel away the layers, that is. On the surface, it’s just a fairly boring, awfully chatty drive-in piece with poor dialog and, for the most part, laughable effects (although the regeneration of Jeannette’s face was pretty impressive, considering.)
Worth a watch if you’ve baked yourself stupid at 3:00am on a Sunday morning, you’ve eaten all the brownies, and the Disney Channel has pre-empted Rescue Rangers, but other than that…keep on truckin’.
October 27, 2006 Subject:
Fava or Bava?
I think this film was produced by none other than the maestro of the macabre himself, Mario BAVA! At least IMDB has him listed as the producer, and a quick search for the name Mario Fava in this database returns nothing. Additionally, there is another list of credits that specifies the Italian director, cinematographer, etc. which is quite different the anglicized list above:
Anton Giulio Majano
Writing credits (in alphabetical order)
Gino De Santis
Anton Giulio Majano
Cast (in credits order)
Alberto Lupo .... Prof. Alberto Levin
Susanne Loret .... Jeanette Moreneau
Sergio Fantoni .... Pierre Mornet
Franca Parisi .... Monique Riviere
Roberto Bertea .... Sacha
Gianna Piaz (as Giovanna Piaz)
Mario Bava .... producer
Original Music by
Film Editing by
Elio Ippolito Mellino .... production manager
Special Effects by
Ugo Amadoro .... special effects
John Hart .... dialog: English language version
Anton Giulio Majano .... director: English language version
Richard McNamara .... director: English Dub
if you like camp flicks, this is your bag. it is not a good movie though. But then again, not a bad bad movie. i would never ever watch it again, but it was entertaining one time.
October 20, 2005 Subject:
A "cult" producer.... Scarred for life but you'll love it anyway....
At first I thought this "directed" by Mario Fava, but it seems it was "produced." Or is Richard McNamara really ....?
It certainly bears the mark of the master: formulaic, tongue-in-cheek, yet very stylish and eye-filling.
The over-the-top melodrama never stops.... It's partly a function of the hilarious dialogue. Monique, the mad scientist's assistant, doomed of course to become raw material for the leading lady's "treatments", encourages her lover with lines like "Let's just stay home. Together. With our records." Our unbreakable 45's? You know, the ones with heavy SPINDLES? As he shuts down the lab she intimates that something's the matter with their relationship besides conversation: "For a moment there.... You seemed to be performing a sacred ritual."
The film begins with the leading lady breaking up with Pierre, her main man, over her sleazy night-club act. Leading lady wipes out on the way home, and wrecks her face. The scene as she comes to in the hospital would make John Waters jealous. Divine in "Female Trouble" is tame by comparison, and almost STRAIGHT. It's not surprisng that the woman almost immediately whips a pistol out of her handbag, considering how the doctors comfort her with (incredible) lines like the following: "Show me your face!"; "There's no doubt. You're disfigured forever." This is when Monique intervens, with the possibility of a cure: "It's a miracle."; "I've never believed in miracles...."; "You prefer to kill yourself?", etc.
My favorite lines: "What I will have to do is kill you, to make you know how deeply I love you."; "Yes, I want to go back to Pierre. He won't care if I'm scarred for life. He'll love me anyway." Bad logic and wishful thinking all around....
The film features some good atmospheric scenes, as the doc covers the waterfront, looking for more involuntary donors....
Add lurid topical allusions to the radiation sickness caused by the atom bomb dropped on Hiroshima, slap-stick cop routines, post-modern movies within movies, vampirisim, a conventional love-triangle....
Surprisingly held together by a strangely camp sensibility that seems to be laughing through it all....
Sorry, this is a rather incoherent gush rather than a structured review. But I was very glad to see this movie here, and wanted to give it some attention so others would too. And I wanted to let someone know I liked it, which is self-indulgent but understandable, or at least forgiveable....